The National Quilt Museum announced that the kick-off to its year-long 20th Anniversary events will take place during the 2011 AQS Quilt Show. Numerous special events and exhibits are planned, including “Celebration!” an exciting exhibit specially created by the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) to honour the Museum's 20th birthday. The Museum will also unveil “20 Quilts for 20 Years.” These 20 quilts will be added to the Museum’s collection, which began with 85 quilts in 1991, and has expanded to more than 300 quilts.
 

From the exhibit “Celebration!” SAQA Grand Canyon (detail), by Nelda Warkentin, Photo by John Tuckey
 
“Dogwood Trail, Sentimental Studios,” the 20th Anniversary Fabric and table runner kit, from MODA Fabrics will be introduced Quilt Week. MODA Fabrics designed this line especially for the Museum’s 20th anniversary and has “The National Quilt Museum” printed along the selvage. There are twenty-nine designs in the collection and will be in fabric stores late summer. Starting on April 25th, limited quantities of pre-cut lengths will be available exclusively at the Museum Gift Shop. MODA Fabrics is also donating a portion of the proceeds from the Dogwood Trail Collection sales to benefit the Museum.
 
The annual Live Quilt Auction will take place Thursday, April 28th 6pm to 8pm in front of the Convention Center under the vendor food tent. New this year, those not able to attend the event will be able to participate and bid on items via a live webcast of the auction. Auction goers can enjoy an optional hot meal from Neil’s Catering and a wine tasting by Purple Toad Winery. This year there will be two Silent Auctions from 10am to 4.30pm on Wednesday the 27th and again Friday the 29th. The auctions will be held in the Convention Center’s first level hallway.
 
Quilt lovers will also have a chance to own a one-of-a-kind quilt made and donated by internationally known quilters who have quilts in the Museum’s Collection. The “Celebration” quilts will be on display in the Museum’s lobby. The sale is not an auction and will continue while quilts are available. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Museum.
 
Jim Shore, internationally renowned artist and creator of the Heartwood Creek collection, will appear for an exclusive signing event in the Museum lobby on Wednesday, April 27 from 10am until noon and 2 to 4pm. At 7pm, he will give an inspirational lecture about being a self-taught artist, his skills as a painter, sculptor, silversmith, and woodcarver creating his popular “heart-crafted” designs that incorporate quilt designs. Tickets for the lecture are $15.
 
This year the Museum adds a new fundraising event, the “Fabulous Fabric Flurry!” The event runs Friday morning, April 29th from 8am until noon (or when supply runs out). For $10, shoppers will be allowed to fill their “Flurry” bag with all the fabric they can fit into it and still close the bag.
 
As in the past, the Museum will have extended hours and discounted admission during the AQS Quilt Show. The Museum will be open 7 days a week starting in April. Its policy is to be open the Sunday prior to, and after Quilt Week. Due to the timing of this year’s show, the Museum will be open Easter Sunday, April 24th 10am to 5pm.
 

Quilt Week Hours and Admission:

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, April 24, 25 and 26 the Museum will be open 10am to 5pm. Hours for Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, April 27, 28 and 30, are 8am to 6pm. Friday, April 29, hours are 8am to 7pm. Sunday May 1, hours are 10am to 5pm. Starting Wednesday, the 27th through Sunday May 1st, admission is discounted to $8.
 
Numerous other special events, book signings, quilting demonstrations and lectures celebrating their 20th anniversary are scheduled for the week. A complete schedule can be found at www.quiltmuseum.org.
 
Designated as The National Quilt Museum of the United States, NQM is a non-profit institution located at 215 Jefferson Street in downtown Paducah, KY. The Museum is open year-round Monday-Saturday, 10am to 5pm. CST. The Museum is also open on Sundays 1 to 5pm April - October. The National Quilt Museum is ADA compliant. For more information go to www.QuiltMuseum.org The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports The National Quilt Museum with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts